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PerOral Endoscopic Thyroidectomy (POET), a novel pioneering technique
Thyroid surgery has evolved towards minimally invasive approaches to reduce or prevent cervical scars, which are potential seats for keloidal scarring. Several approaches have been put forward: video-assisted surgery via a reduced cervical scar, transaxillary access with or without robotic assistance, transoral retromandibular approach, retroauricular approach in keeping with a lifting procedure.
In this video, we present the case of an original transoral vestibular approach. This access is exclusively subcutaneous. No cervical scar is necessary. This technique allows for a unilateral or bilateral approach in excellent visualization conditions. Dissection is performed from cranially to caudally with the rapid identification of the inferior laryngeal nerve.
A Anuwong, M Vix, HS Wu
Surgical intervention
2 years ago
4384 views
315 likes
6 comments
25:34
PerOral Endoscopic Thyroidectomy (POET), a novel pioneering technique
Thyroid surgery has evolved towards minimally invasive approaches to reduce or prevent cervical scars, which are potential seats for keloidal scarring. Several approaches have been put forward: video-assisted surgery via a reduced cervical scar, transaxillary access with or without robotic assistance, transoral retromandibular approach, retroauricular approach in keeping with a lifting procedure.
In this video, we present the case of an original transoral vestibular approach. This access is exclusively subcutaneous. No cervical scar is necessary. This technique allows for a unilateral or bilateral approach in excellent visualization conditions. Dissection is performed from cranially to caudally with the rapid identification of the inferior laryngeal nerve.
Totally endoscopic left hemithyroidectomy: axillary approach for papillary carcinoma, including a critical analysis by M Vix, MD, and point by point answer by Dr. Shah
Introduction:
Endoscopic thyroidectomy is a novel approach used to avoid cervical scar, which represents sequelae of conventional thyroidectomies. This technique is feasible providing equal results under expert hands.
Case presentation:
This is the case of a 20 year-old woman with cervical swelling, a 3 by 3cm solitary nodule in the left thyroid lobe, which was evaluated clinically, radiologically, and withfine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC). She was diagnosed with a low-risk papillary carcinoma.
Discussion:
The patient underwent an endoscopic transaxillary left hemithyroidectomy under general anesthesia. The recurrent laryngeal nerve and the parathyroid gland were preserved. The patient was discharged with a normal tone on postoperative day 1.
Conclusion:
Endoscopic transaxillary thyroidectomy is a feasible good technique with equal results, which can be considered for patients with small thyroid lesions. Conventional laparoscopic instruments are used without the need for extra instrumentation.

This video is commented upon by Dr. M Vix, MD (University Hospital, Strasbourg, France), providing a comprehensive outline of Dr. Shah's original technique.


Point by point answer by Dr. Shah:

1. Carbon dioxide causing surgical emphysema, especially of an incapacitating nature, has not been experienced since intracavitary pressures are generally maintained at a low level by the almost continuous low-grade suction used throughout the surgery.

2. In our experience, adequate visualization of the thyroid pedicles in close proximity to the gland precludes the need for a deeper and more lateral dissection to identify the jugulocarotid vessels. This potentially decreases the risk of a major vascular mishap.

3. As is the norm with open thyroidectomy, division of the superior thyroid pedicle close to the gland usually does not require the identification of the superior laryngeal nerve.

4. In this approach, the recurrent laryngeal nerve is identified very early on in the dissection. Subsequent dissection is performed in a plane anterior to the visualized nerve, hence preventing any injuries. The recurrent laryngeal nerve is visualized in its entire extent up to Berry's ligament.



AR Shah
Surgical intervention
2 years ago
964 views
114 likes
1 comment
11:09
Totally endoscopic left hemithyroidectomy: axillary approach for papillary carcinoma, including a critical analysis by M Vix, MD, and point by point answer by Dr. Shah
Introduction:
Endoscopic thyroidectomy is a novel approach used to avoid cervical scar, which represents sequelae of conventional thyroidectomies. This technique is feasible providing equal results under expert hands.
Case presentation:
This is the case of a 20 year-old woman with cervical swelling, a 3 by 3cm solitary nodule in the left thyroid lobe, which was evaluated clinically, radiologically, and withfine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC). She was diagnosed with a low-risk papillary carcinoma.
Discussion:
The patient underwent an endoscopic transaxillary left hemithyroidectomy under general anesthesia. The recurrent laryngeal nerve and the parathyroid gland were preserved. The patient was discharged with a normal tone on postoperative day 1.
Conclusion:
Endoscopic transaxillary thyroidectomy is a feasible good technique with equal results, which can be considered for patients with small thyroid lesions. Conventional laparoscopic instruments are used without the need for extra instrumentation.

This video is commented upon by Dr. M Vix, MD (University Hospital, Strasbourg, France), providing a comprehensive outline of Dr. Shah's original technique.


Point by point answer by Dr. Shah:

1. Carbon dioxide causing surgical emphysema, especially of an incapacitating nature, has not been experienced since intracavitary pressures are generally maintained at a low level by the almost continuous low-grade suction used throughout the surgery.

2. In our experience, adequate visualization of the thyroid pedicles in close proximity to the gland precludes the need for a deeper and more lateral dissection to identify the jugulocarotid vessels. This potentially decreases the risk of a major vascular mishap.

3. As is the norm with open thyroidectomy, division of the superior thyroid pedicle close to the gland usually does not require the identification of the superior laryngeal nerve.

4. In this approach, the recurrent laryngeal nerve is identified very early on in the dissection. Subsequent dissection is performed in a plane anterior to the visualized nerve, hence preventing any injuries. The recurrent laryngeal nerve is visualized in its entire extent up to Berry's ligament.



Is robotic thyroid surgery a real progress?
In this key lecture, Prof. WY Chung briefly describes his experience and his own technique to perform robotic thyroid surgery. He presents advances in surgical indications and compares the main differences of single incision robotic thyroidectomy and LND with novel techniques, e.g. BABA, facelift thyroidectomy, and transoral periosteal thyroidectomy. He demonstrates the advantages and limitations using research data to describe the future of robotic thyroidectomy as a minimally invasive surgery. He highlights new technologies and newly developed robotic systems with current improvements, which focus on haptic feedback, tactile sensation, and single orifice surgery, which will make AI robotic automation surgery possible in the future.
WY Chung
Lecture
2 years ago
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50 likes
0 comments
13:32
Is robotic thyroid surgery a real progress?
In this key lecture, Prof. WY Chung briefly describes his experience and his own technique to perform robotic thyroid surgery. He presents advances in surgical indications and compares the main differences of single incision robotic thyroidectomy and LND with novel techniques, e.g. BABA, facelift thyroidectomy, and transoral periosteal thyroidectomy. He demonstrates the advantages and limitations using research data to describe the future of robotic thyroidectomy as a minimally invasive surgery. He highlights new technologies and newly developed robotic systems with current improvements, which focus on haptic feedback, tactile sensation, and single orifice surgery, which will make AI robotic automation surgery possible in the future.
Transoral endoscopic thyroidectomy: vestibular approach
In this state-of-the-art lecture, Dr. Anuwong briefly describes the historical developments of thyroidectomy with various approaches, emphasizing natural orifice thyroid surgery with an overview of the first report in animal models, cadaveric models, and human patients in different countries as it happened over time. He describes the key steps, main principles, and complications of TOVANS, ETOA, and TOPOT with their drawbacks. He also introduces his technique of transoral endoscopic thyroidectomy: vestibular approach (TOETVA) with the brief concept of mental nerve injury. He demonstrates his experience in a case report of right lobectomy using TOETVA with postoperative management and impressive results achieved with no infection and no scar. The TOETVA technique proves to be promising as it is safe, feasible, comparable to other approaches, and has excellent cosmetic results.
A Anuwong
Lecture
2 years ago
1664 views
130 likes
1 comment
28:41
Transoral endoscopic thyroidectomy: vestibular approach
In this state-of-the-art lecture, Dr. Anuwong briefly describes the historical developments of thyroidectomy with various approaches, emphasizing natural orifice thyroid surgery with an overview of the first report in animal models, cadaveric models, and human patients in different countries as it happened over time. He describes the key steps, main principles, and complications of TOVANS, ETOA, and TOPOT with their drawbacks. He also introduces his technique of transoral endoscopic thyroidectomy: vestibular approach (TOETVA) with the brief concept of mental nerve injury. He demonstrates his experience in a case report of right lobectomy using TOETVA with postoperative management and impressive results achieved with no infection and no scar. The TOETVA technique proves to be promising as it is safe, feasible, comparable to other approaches, and has excellent cosmetic results.
Gasless transaxillary robotic thyroidectomy
Robotic technology has recently been applied to minimally invasive thyroid surgery, with the Da Vinci Surgical System robot (Intuitive Surgical, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, USA). This system provides a three-dimensional magnified view of the surgical area, hand-tremor filtration, fine-motion scaling, and precise and multiarticulated hand-like motions. Several different approaches have been developed with respect to the location of the incisions and whether or not CO2 insufflation is required to keep the operative space open. Robotic gasless transaxillary thyroidectomy has been used clinically in Korea since late 2007. It has been validated for surgical management of the thyroid gland. The initial cases of robotic thyroidectomy was limited to the well-differentiated thyroid carcinoma with a tumor size of ≤ 2cm without definite extrathyroidal tumor invasion (T1 lesion) or follicular neoplasm with a tumor size of ≤5cm. As robotic experience accumulated, the indication of robotic thyroidectomy to include those patients with T3 or larger size lesions has been expanded. The initial robotic thyroidectomy resembled the endoscopic thyroidectomy using two separate incisions, axilla and anterior chest wall. With sufficient experience, the anterior chest wall incision was removed and developed a less invasive transaxillary single-incision robotic thyroidectomy. This procedure has reduced the dissection and the surgical invasiveness with similar surgical outcomes.
Until now, more than 100 cases of compartment-oriented modified radical neck dissection with acceptable postoperative outcomes and excellent cosmesis had been also performed with the Da Vinci robotic system.
WY Chung
Lecture
7 years ago
1735 views
6 likes
0 comments
31:16
Gasless transaxillary robotic thyroidectomy
Robotic technology has recently been applied to minimally invasive thyroid surgery, with the Da Vinci Surgical System robot (Intuitive Surgical, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, USA). This system provides a three-dimensional magnified view of the surgical area, hand-tremor filtration, fine-motion scaling, and precise and multiarticulated hand-like motions. Several different approaches have been developed with respect to the location of the incisions and whether or not CO2 insufflation is required to keep the operative space open. Robotic gasless transaxillary thyroidectomy has been used clinically in Korea since late 2007. It has been validated for surgical management of the thyroid gland. The initial cases of robotic thyroidectomy was limited to the well-differentiated thyroid carcinoma with a tumor size of ≤ 2cm without definite extrathyroidal tumor invasion (T1 lesion) or follicular neoplasm with a tumor size of ≤5cm. As robotic experience accumulated, the indication of robotic thyroidectomy to include those patients with T3 or larger size lesions has been expanded. The initial robotic thyroidectomy resembled the endoscopic thyroidectomy using two separate incisions, axilla and anterior chest wall. With sufficient experience, the anterior chest wall incision was removed and developed a less invasive transaxillary single-incision robotic thyroidectomy. This procedure has reduced the dissection and the surgical invasiveness with similar surgical outcomes.
Until now, more than 100 cases of compartment-oriented modified radical neck dissection with acceptable postoperative outcomes and excellent cosmesis had been also performed with the Da Vinci robotic system.